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Dr. Shan Lou is a senior Research Follow with the Surface Metrology Group (SMG) of Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) and ERSRC Future Metrology Hub. He is currently carrying out research work in the field of precision metrology.

Shan received his BEng and MEng at Central South University in China. He started his professional career in precision metrology at Hexagon Metrology, a leading global company for metrology industry. Shan then moved to University of Huddersfield to pursue a PhD degree whilst working for Hexagon Metrology on a part-time basis.

Shan is an editorial board member of the journal 'Bio-design and manufacturing', a committee Member of the British Standard Institution (BSI) AMT/8 (Additive manufacturing) and TDW/4/4/1 (XCT), a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Shan was recently recently awarded an EPSRC New Investigator Grant and a RCUK Catapult Researchers in Residence Grant. Working with the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s Catapult HVM centres, and the wide academic partners, he is investigating precision metrology technology for additive manufacturing industry. 

Shan is the peer reviewer for a number of engineering and scientific journals, including Measurement Science and Technology, Measurement, Precision Engineering, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, Optical Express. He was also an organising committee members and a session chair of ASPE Summer Topic Meeting – Advancing Precision in Additive Manufacturing, an organising committee member of the 4th Dimensional X-ray Computed Tomography conference.

Apart from research, Shan has been involved in teaching: (1) Lecture of NFA2168 Mechanical Engineering and Science; (2) Lecture of NFE2105 Engineering Mathematics; (3) Supervision of final year projects.

Research Expertise and Interests

Particular Areas of Research

  •  Dimensional and surface metrology for additive manufacturing (AM)
  •  Linking AM surface texture to AM process optimisation and product functionality
  •  AM in-situ monitoring
  •  X-ray computed tomography metrology
  •  Machine learning for high value-added manufacturing
  •  Mathematical fundamentals for complex surface characterisation

Current Projects

  • Measurement and characterisation of additively manufactured surface texture, EPSRC(EP/S000453/1), 01/2019-12/2021, PI
  • RCUK Catapult Researchers in Res. (HVM MTC)-Surface measurement methods for manufacturing, functioning & metrology of additively manufactured products, EPSRC(EP/R513520/1), 04/2018-03/2022, PI
  • Measurements of 3D Additively Manufactured Surface Texture, Traceability and Uncertainty, UoH-NPL PhD Studentship, 2019~2021, CI

Previous Projects

  • Reusable Personalised 3D Printing Protective Face Mask for Healthcare Professionals to Combat against Covid-19, UoH internal URF fund, 05/2020-07/2020, PI
  • Personalised Wearable Drug Delivery Device using 3D Printing and Smart Textile Technologies, UoH Sandpit project for ISCF, 2018~2019, Joint PI
  • Development of Nutritional Products Promoting Healthy Ageing, UoH Sandpit project for ISCF, 2018~2019, Joint PI
  • Connected Digital Additive Manufacturing 3-In-1 X-Ray CT Inspection, Innovate UK, 2017~2019, Core researcher
  • Fundaments and Principles for Measurement and Characterization of 21st Century Science and Engineering Surfaces, ERC, 2010~2014, Researcher

Research Degree Supervision

Research Supervision

  • Narasimharaju Shubhavardhan (2019~2022, PhD main supervision): Investigation of microstructure, surface Texture and mechanical properties of SLM of steels
  • Xiao Chen (2019~2022, PhD co-supervision): Measurements of 3D additively manufactured surface texture
  • Huodao Huang (2020~2024, PhD co-supervision): Advanced data processing for smart metrology of complex surfaces from high value-added products
  • Weidong Liu (2020~2021, MRes main supervision): Investigation of surface roughness and dimensional Accuracy for internal geometries of additively manufactured components
  • Ahmed Ibrahim (2020~2024, PhD main supervision): Investigation of fatigue performance of additively manufactured freeform components via non-destructive metrology

Applications for research degrees are welcome. Candidate is encouraged to propose his/her project which falls into Dr Lou's reasearch area and could harness the applicant's own research interest and strengths.

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